Central Marin police continue investigation into retail raid

Authorities continue to search for suspects in an organized burglary at a retailer in Larkspur, Central Marin police said on Monday.

The theft at RealReal at Marin Country Mart on November 21 cost the store approximately $ 250,000 in goods and damage. Police said nearly 40 people stormed the store around 9 p.m. in an incident similar to recent flash mob-style retail thefts in the Bay Area.

Two suspects believed to be in possession of items related to the Larkspur crime were held in the Santa Clara County Jail after a similar robbery attempt later that night at a RealReal store in Palo Alto.

They were released before authorities in Marin could obtain evidence, police said.

The investigation into a possible link is continuing, Central Marin police said on Monday. The Marin County District Attorney’s Office helped secure arrest warrants against the suspects.

Information about the incident was not disclosed until several days after the crime. Asked why authorities waited Wednesday evening to alert the community, an advisory issued by Nixle, Police Chief Michael Norton said it was rare for his department to release information on property crimes. But he said police determined an alert in the case was warranted, saying “this type of crime is a growing problem in the Bay Area.”

“We issued these coordinated press releases once sufficient details of the situation were understood and could be included in the press release,” he said.

Video footage of the crime was not shown.

Security was in place in the mall and store when the incident occurred, Marin Country Mart owner Jim Rosenfield said on Monday.

“They protect people, not necessarily things,” he said.

Traders report that buyers are “healthy” in numbers despite the incident, Rosenfield said. He said the center was not ready to discuss new security measures, which are being adjusted “to respond to this incident in the market”.

Rosenfield said he was hopeful that “in the future these things might be handled differently because they won’t get overwhelmed so easily.”

“But it is very difficult to fight a group of thieves who arrive at the same time and overwhelm staff and security,” he said. “Unfortunately, these things are happening everywhere.”

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